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Using automatic color correction tools


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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

with Ashley Kennedy

Video: Using automatic color correction tools

In this movie we'll take a look at how to apply automatic color corrections. So I am going to go into my 10.5 sequence, and as you can see, in the beginning here, we have our same three images but without any of the based corrections that we have already applied. This time we are going to see how Final Cut's Automatic Corrector does. This automatic corrector is specifically a balance color effect, which is basically the same as removing the color cast which we did before. So I'm going to select my image and open up the Inspector, Cmd+4, and I am also going to bring up some Video Scopes, specifically the RGB parade.
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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training
6h 55m Beginner Mar 14, 2013

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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.

This lynda.com course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v10.1 or later. If you are running Final Cut Pro X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files. For more information, please see the FAQs tab.

Topics include:
  • Understanding nonlinear editing
  • Creating and organizing events
  • Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
  • Playing and marking clips
  • Performing Insert, Append, Overwrite, and Replace edits
  • Moving and removing clips
  • Trimming in the timeline: performing ripple, roll, slip and slide edits
  • Working with connected clips and multiple storylines
  • Adjusting audio levels, EQ, and more
  • Performing a multicam edit
  • Adding and animating video and audio effects
  • Working with motion effects, speed effects, titles, themes, and generators
  • Performing primary and secondary color correction
  • Importing and analyzing footage from multiple platforms
  • Managing media and project data
  • Sharing and exporting projects
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Final Cut Pro
Author:
Ashley Kennedy

Using automatic color correction tools

In this movie we'll take a look at how to apply automatic color corrections. So I am going to go into my 10.5 sequence, and as you can see, in the beginning here, we have our same three images but without any of the based corrections that we have already applied. This time we are going to see how Final Cut's Automatic Corrector does. This automatic corrector is specifically a balance color effect, which is basically the same as removing the color cast which we did before. So I'm going to select my image and open up the Inspector, Cmd+4, and I am also going to bring up some Video Scopes, specifically the RGB parade.

So you want to make sure you have Waveform and RGB Parade selected. And so just as before we see that this has a color cast, our blue values are too low. So what I am going to do is come over to this button right here, where it says Balance, and then it says Analyzed. Now the reason it says Analyzed is because when I imported this footage I check the box that says analyze for balanced color, this means that Final Cut has gone through every frame of my clip and analyzed the color for the entire shot.

If you hadn't checked Analyze for balanced color, then this balance color command is going to base its analysis of the color balance on the frame that you are resting on. And just to remind you, you can either select for Final Cut to analyze the color balance when you import the footage or in the Event Browser. So just real quick, if I come to one of my clips I can just right-click, choose Analyze and Fix, and then I just need to check this box right here Analyze for balance color, and then it will perform the analysis, and we just cancel here.

So coming back over here we have our shot that needs a little bit of help. And I'm just going to click on in this button Balance, and you can see that my color channels were balanced. It's brought everything into alignment. I can select one clip, or I can select multiple clips to do this for, we can just balance them all at once. And now you can see that it's gone through and balance the color. But do you see that there's a problem, the issue is is that my contrast is still not very good. In this case, the shot is too flat, in this case the shot is too dark, and the shot is too contrasty.

So if you remember from our workflow that is supposed to be the very first step of the process. So in that sense the Balance Color command is best used once you have already correct your Luma values. So let me undo this correction, Cmd+Z and then quickly correct my Luma and then do it again. So I have got my BD clip selected, and I am going to go into Correction 1. Let's just go over to the Luma waveform, and then I'll go to Exposure, and we'll bring our blacks down and our whites up.

So much better, now we'll come back and balance the color. And it looks much better, we will have to go in and fix a couple of these values where it's gone above a hundred and below zero. But in general much better than just balance color on its own. Same thing here, come in and correct Luma first, like so. then come, back balance the color, and things are looking a lot better. So use those in conjunction with one another rather than relying entirely on this magic color balance control.

Now I am going to come down to this middle set of clips, and I want to talk about Match Color. Match Color is going to let me match one shot's basic color scheme to another shot's basic color scheme. So I'm going to close out my Video Scopes right now so we can see this image better. So if you take a look at these two shots you can see that they look different, even though they are very similar. They do look different as far as their basic color scheme. So let's try to match this one that definitely needs some color correction to this one right here.

So the first thing I am going to do is click on the clip that I want to change, and then I am going to come up to Match Color. And when I click on Choose it's going to ask me to select the frame that I want to match it to. So I'm going to just skim, and you can see that when a skim there's a little camera attached to it. I am going to click right here and then just watch these two images. So basically it's matched, the color scheme from this image to this one, and this looks much better, and you could edit these together within the same scene now, it's going to work.

I'll apply the match, and it's looking good. Same thing here we have got BD pruning his tree here and then here and then there. And I think one and three could go together, but then you have this very icy blue shot here. So let's do the same thing I am going to select this clip, come up to Match Color, Choose. And first I'll select this one right here, and you can definitely tell that it's matched the color scheme. It might be a little bit too sandy here I think we need to retain some of the blue sky, so let me cancel and do the same thing, again let's choose this middle one and then select this one instead.

So that's more like it, we will probably have to tweak it further, but if I apply this match and then go from this image to this image to this image it's looking a little bit more like it. Again, we will have to tweak this a little bit further, but it's looking okay. Now let me undo that and let me show you if we would have gone the other way. Let me try to match this shot to this one. So I'll select it, I'll choose Match Color and then come over here and then say I want you to match it to this one, select and so you can come up with some interesting results here.

We have just made this a very icy shot. So as you can see, not what we would want to do here. Let me cancel this out. Fortunately, you can further manipulate the controls after you perform a Match Color in order to get everything looking as good as possible. But this can at least give you a good starting place for your corrections.

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Q: Why are the exercise files not compatible with my version of Final Cut Pro X?
A: The exercise files for this course require Final Cut Pro X 10.0.07 or higher. Final Cut Pro X upgrades are free in the Apple App Store and we recommend upgrading your software if you are able.

 

Q: The exercise files aren't working for me in Final Cut Pro X 10.1.
A: This lynda.com training and these exercise files are not compatible for FCP X v. 10.1 OR 10.0.7 and earlier versions of the program. If you are running FCP X v. 10.0.8 or 10.0.9, please do not upgrade your software to v. 10.1 if you would like to use these exercise files.
 
Note: We are currently in the process of updating this training to be compatible with v. 10.1 and later, but that training won’t be available for several weeks. We appreciate your patience as we optimize this training.
 
FYI: If you’ve already upgraded to v. 10.1 and would like to use these exercise files, then it is actually possible to work with them to a limited degree. Simply follow the directions in the “Using the Exercise Files” movie of this course to place the Final Cut Events and Final Cut Projects folders in the appropriate location. Then, from within FCP X 10.1, choose File > Update Projects and Events. Choose Locate > and navigate to the appropriate location.  Your projects and events will be updated, but the file structure won’t mirror the experience within the current training.  If you are new to FCP X, it will likely be confusing to follow along through some of the training.  Again, we recommend that you check back for this training in several weeks to get the optimal experience.
 
Also, because FCP X exercise files are not backward compatible, you won’t be able to use the exercise files if you have FCP X v. 10.0.7 or earlier. You will need to upgrade to v. 10.0.9. Apple only offers 10.1 in the App Store, but if you have not yet upgraded to OS X Mavericks, you can click the Install button for 10.1 and the App Store will ask if you want to download an older version of the software (10.0.9). If you have already upgraded to Mavericks, unfortunately downloading FCP X 10.0.9 is not possible.
 
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